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Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center

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Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
West End 2
150 Bay Parkway
Jones Beach State Park
Wantagh, NY 11793

The Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center focuses on the interplay between human activity, energy networks, and environmental conservation.

On Jones Beach, sun, wind, and waves come together to create a beautiful and diverse environment that supports hundreds of species. This coastal landscape is also a laboratory for understanding the power of nature—how energy flows through the natural world—and the nature of energy. How is energy present in nature, and how do we transform it into power for human use? What, in turn, is the impact of these energy networks on ecological systems?

For the first time within the New York State Parks system, this unique environmental education center specifically addresses the role of human energy consumption in shaping the natural landscape. 19 interior and 13 exterior exhibits unite the most current scientific knowledge with dynamic and accessible graphics, videos, and interactive games to showcase how visitors can take action to conserve energy and protect the environment in their own lives.

Conceived as an incubator for future environmental leadership, the Center was designed to the highest standards of accessibility and inclusivity, from building architecture to exhibit design. The galleries feature Spanish and Braille text translations, as well as tactile elements that engage visitors of various ages and abilities. A suite of free, inclusive audio guides in English, Spanish, Chinese, and American Sign Language are available via web application at the Center.

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Hours of Operation

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 - 4:30 pm
    *Special hours for seniors: Wednesdays from 9 - 11 am
    Thursday and Saturday: 9 - 4:30 pm and Sunday: 9 - 4:30 pm

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